How does a barometer work?


Barometers show what the pressure of the air is. They are a long tube that sits in a pool of mercury. The levels of the mercury in the tube adjust based on the air pressure.
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How Barometers Work
Barometers are instruments used to measure atmospheric pressure. Atmospheric pressure, which is the weight of the air in the atmosphere, is used to predict weather patterns. Weather patterns are accompanied by bands of high and low atmospheric pressure,... More »
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A barometer works by measuring the rise and fall of the air and/or the atmospheric pressure. Once you have properly adjusted a barometer for the proper normal atmospheric pressure in your area, you can use it to calculate weather changes at home, as good as any weatherman you see on television. You can find more information here:
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